John Garamendi

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John Garamendi
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U.S. House, California, District 10
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 6
President of the Senate, California State Senate
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of California
Insurance Commissioner, State of California
1991-1994, 2002-2006
California State Senate
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Master'sHarvard Business School
Date of birthJanuary 24, 1945
Place of birthMokelumne Hill, California
Office website
Campaign website
John Garamendi is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 10th congressional district. Garamendi was first elected to the House in 2009.

Garamendi is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 3rd District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district by redistricting.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Garamendi is a "moderate Democratic follower".[2]


Born in Mokelumne Hill, California, of Basque descent, Garamendi received a B.A. in business from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia from 1966 to 1968. Garamendi is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Garamendi is also a member of Sigma Chi, as a brother of the Alpha Beta Chapter at Berkeley.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Garamendi's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Garamendi serves on the following committees:[5]




See also: California's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Garamendi is running for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 3rd District as a Democrat. He was displaced from his current district, the 10th by redistricting. He and Kim Dolbow Vann (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Tony Carlos (R), Eugene Ray (R), and Rick Tubbs (R). They will now face off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[6][7]

Effect of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in California

Following California's redistricting, Garamendi was displaced from the 10th into the 3rd district.

According to the Washington Post, redistricting has transformed the 3rd district into a swing district. While Garamendi's seat was formerly a safe one, the newly drawn district will be a battleground for Republicans and Democrats fighting for control of the House.[8]


On November 2, 2010, Garamendi won re-election to the United States House. He advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Gary Clift (R) and Jeremy Cloward (Green) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, California District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Garamendi Incumbent 58.8% 137,578
     Republican Gary Clift 37.9% 88,512
     Green Jeremy Cloward 3.3% 7,716
Total Votes 233,806

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Garamendi's reports.[10]

John Garamendi (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$313,178.96$262,183.09$(319,913.79)$255,448.26
Pre-Primary [12]May 25, 2012$255,448.26$133,658.20$(256,849.45)$132,257.01
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Garamendi's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Garamendi won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Garamendi's campaign committee raised a total of $1,764,354 and spent $1,714,971.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Garamendi paid his congressional staff a total of $836,718 in 2011. He ranks 10th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 84th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranks 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Garamendi's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,922,009 and $11,974,997. That averages to $6,948,503, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[15]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

John Garamendi voted with the Democratic Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 36 among the 192 House Democratic members as of 2011.[16]

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Garamendi is married and has six children. His wife, Patti, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Congress in 1992 against Republican Richard Pombo.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ellen Tauscher
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Insurance Commissioner, State of California
1991-1994, 2002-2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by
California State Senate
Succeeded by